Original Publication Date: 1 September, 2014
Publication / Source: Melanoma Management
Authors: Andrés Perissinotti, Sergi Vidal-Sicart, Omgo Nieweg, Renato Valdés Olmos
Supported by a large body of published work, the contribution of nuclear medicine technologies to the assessment of melanoma has been increasing in recent years. Lymphoscintigraphy-assisted sentinel lymph node biopsy and PET are in continuous evolution with the aid of technological imaging advances, making it possible to fuse functional and anatomic images (e.g., with SPECT/CT, PET/CT and 3D rendering systems). The development of hybrid fluorescent–radioactive tracers that enable high-quality preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and SPECT/CT, and the optimization of modern intraoperative portable imaging technologies, such as free-hand SPECT and portable γ-cameras, are important innovations that have improved sentinel lymph node identification in complex anatomical areas, such as the pelvis and head and neck.